inspiration (n.) c.1300, “immediate influence of God or a god,” especially that under which the holy books were written, from Old French inspiracion “inhaling, breathing in; inspiration,”
The first part of the etymological definition of ‘inspiration’ is interesting but read the second part: ‘inhaling, breathing in’. This suggests that finding inspiration is fundamental to living. As a designer I believe this and constantly look for inspiration in different places everyday. While I worship at the altar of the midcentury modern masters like Fin Juhl, Avar Alto, what really resonates with me was the use of everyday objects — as in the work of Achille Castiglioni (see Mezzadro Chair and Sella Stool). But one cannot live by vintage inspiration alone — that’s why I find my inspiration by simply walking around the city and observing and capturing the energy of the city, the unlimited supply of great buildings, stores, street art and garbage. Everyday stuff.
That’s how I came to the umbrella handle lamp. After a rainstorm the city looks like the umbrellas lost the war. I started to pick them up — the wood handles had a great patina and seemed lonely. I thought, surely I can do something with these. After much ideation and trial and error, I paired them with a simple Ikea planter, a light bulb, and a cloth-covered cord. It’s my favorite lamp now. To keep going I look every day for that next inspirational garbage.